REVIEWS -- Mega Man 10 -- Xbox360
Itís Rock Hard Man!
by Brent Mace
Fun factor: Fun
Worth to: Buy
ĎMega Man 10í is a testament to how tough Ďretroí used to be, so if you like your games infuriatingly difficult, and have a few replacement joysticks to spare, give it a go.
A foul disease called Roboenza has infected a girl named Roll. Mega Man, being a friend of hers, takes on the task of finding a cure. Much like someone who insists that they subscribe to Playboy magazine to read the articles, youíd be out of your mind to say that the story in Mega Man 10 is in any way the main attraction; the story is merely an excuse to go shooting and jumping your way through 8 main levels. Mega Man 10 is refreshingly simple because itís a throwback to the old 8-bit games on the NES. It will take you back to the time where video games had little to no story, no orchestral musical scores and no motion captured animations.
As mentioned, there are 8 main levels in the game that are presented Brady Bunch style. Youíll see them in a 3x3 grid and the boss of each level is pictured on each one of the squares. From a gameplay perspective, the levels are beautifully designed. In Pump Manís level, there are waterfalls that are placed between platforms that you need to jump to. As you try to jump over the gap, the waterfalls will push you down -- a great gameplay mechanic because the water pressure provides a unique way to play this kind of game. As you play through Commando Manís level, a big sandstorm will periodically appear that will push you in a certain direction while youíre jumping/shooting your way through the level. Itís a lot of fun to scramble your way across the level as your jumps are manipulated by the storm.
The enemies in Mega Man 10 are one of the gameís biggest strengths. Thereís no such thing as a weak enemy here; while some of them look strange, theyíre more than happy to hand you your ass on a silver platter. They include jumping battle-axes, baseball throwing robots, motorized shrimp and jumping spiders. Many of them throw projectiles at you, and the game will often put another enemy nearby that runs right at you. They all deal big blows to your health, which means that regardless of your skill level, you will die a lot in Mega Man 10. Using screws that enemies drop, you can buy some healing items in between levels that will hopefully lessen the harshness of the ass kicking a little bit.
Well Iíll beÖ Each end-boss gives a weapon!
Each of the main levels has its own boss. They have their own set of patterns that are difficult to overcome, but itís always satisfying to kill them. Upon defeating one of them, you will get to use the weapon that the boss was using. The boss weapons include a cloud that shocks guys with electricity, a gun that shoots three blades in different directions and a controllable rocket. And you also have the Mega Buster, which is a tradition in Mega Man games. I wonít spoil anything more, but itís fair to say that the last few boss fights of Mega Man 10 are outstanding.
I suppose that the developers of Mega Man 9 were tired of fans whining about it being too difficult, so they included an easy difficulty setting in Mega Man 10. Easy mode is only recommended to people who are new to video games -- nobody else will be even remotely challenged by it. The default difficulty setting is brutal as it is, but hard mode will have you sucking your thumb and curling up into the fetal position.
It will take 3-5 hours to beat the game on the default setting for the first time. Thereís a surprising amount of things to do once you play through Mega Man 10. The achievements will have you coming back, 88 individual challenges can be completed and you can choose to play through the game as Proto man. Unlike Mega Man who canít just jump and shoot, Proto man can slide under objects, use a shield to defend against bullets and charge up his attacks.
For 800 Microsoft points, Mega Man 10 is an easy game to recommend to anyone who appreciates old games. Itís got great boss fights, challenging levels, leaderboards and lots of individual challenges. Mega Man 10 is a testament to how soft modern gaming has made me; so if you like challenging games, check out Mega Man 10.
Developer: Capcom / Inti Creates
Genre: 2D Platformer
Release Date: March 31, 2010
Review Date: 08-05-2010
Numbers of Players: 1
Players Online: No
Notes: Xbox Live Arcade
Itís one of the best looking 8-bit games around; your appreciation for the graphics will depend on your nostalgia factor.
The retro formula has been tweaked to near perfection.
The story takes a back seat in favor of balls to the walls shooting action.
The 8-bit songs are memorable enough to hum in your everyday life. Other sound effects are generally sharp.
Thereís plenty of reason to come back after your first playthrough. Many challenges, leaderboards and multiple difficulty levels to tackle.